EU leaders agree to Brexit extension: Tusk

The leaders of the 27 EU countries remaining in the European Union have agreed to an extension of Brexit, the chairman of EU summits said in a tweet early on Thursday.

Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said in his tweet that he would now be meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May to secure her agreement.

Tusk’s tweet did not say how long the extension would be, but several news agencies reported earlier it would be until the end of October, with a review in June. 

May had come to the summit requesting a delay until June 30 but had acknowledged she would be willing to extend that date.

The British Parliament has repeatedly rejected a withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU, leading to the deadlock over Britain’s long-awaited departure.

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